Mad Bastards (2011)


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TJ's quest to find the son he's never known, takes him on a journey across the remote and stunning Kimberley landscape. On the road, TJ questions his life of violence... he meets a host of amazing characters who open up a way of life infused with music and hunting and community

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Brendan Fletcher, Brendan Fletcher (II)
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (1)

There's yearning as well as stubborn emotional isolation and anger in these characters, and any harshness in the observations of this richly satisfying film invariably is balanced by warmth.

Full Review… | February 8, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Fletcher has done a great job with Mad Bastards and should be especially commended for getting the performances out of these non-actors.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Onya Magazine

The Australian film renaissance continues in style.

Full Review… | July 12, 2011
Empire Magazine Australasia

Mad Bastards is this year's Samson & Delilah; it bravely explores a host of hot-button issues with a deft blending of humour, sensitivity and often brutal frankness.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
The Age (Australia)

Thankfully, a resounding emphasis on authenticity and an infectiously motivated cast of amateurs carries this heartfelt drama across the line.

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
Herald Sun (Australia)

Mad Bastards is simply Australia's most impressive film since Animal Kingdom.

Full Review… | May 8, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Mad Bastards


This film from down under is a tale of redemption and reconciliation. As the movie opens we see 13-year-old boy, Bullet, set a home on fire while TJ, a burly hulk of a man, is engaged in pool game that leads to a brawl. As the story continues we find TJ is Bullet's absentee father.

Part road movie, part domestic drama, the movie tracks TJ's attempt to build a relationship with his son while exploring the ideas of what it means to be a man. The movie drew me in with each frame and the Q&A only heightened my appreciation for it.

Director Brandon Fletcher discussed how the story was developed based on real life experiences of the actors and other community members. The majority of the actors had never acted which is amazing given the performances he was able to get from them.

Another highlight of the movie was the music by the Pigram Brothers. The music was great and was used effectively to comment on the story. We got an added treat in the Q&A - The Pigram Brothers were there and performed a song, which was terrific. I want the soundtrack!!

Rene Dupre

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